It is with deep sadness that the family of Eric Clark Leavitt announce his passing on October 1, 2018 at his home in Los Gatos, California.
Eric was 64 years old and lost his battle with kidney cancer.
Eric was born on March 11, 1954 in Ripon, Wisconsin to his parents Janet and Clark Leavitt. He spent most of his childhood years growing up in Evanston, Illinois and then attended college at Wesleyan University.
Eric was a pioneer of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) -- the software tools that are used by computer chip designers to design and implement the big integrated circuits that are found in everything from computers, to cell phones to automobiles. Starting at Digital Equipment Corporation in 1978 and through many years first at Cadence Design Systems and then at Synopsys, the two leading companies that emerged in the field, Eric left his mark on many EDA products, especially through his involvement in OpenAccess, an industry standard data model. Eric led the development effort for OpenAccess and was recognized across the EDA industry as a world-class expert in his field.
In 2005 Eric married his wife Angel Cao. They have one son, Jeffery Leavitt, who is now 13 years old. Eric is survived by his wife and son, his mother Janet Leavitt and his two sisters, SatSiri Kaur Khalsa and SatMander Kaur Khalsa.
Besides his work and his wife Angel and son Jeff, Eric loved to ski, hike and explore nature and cities around the world.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held for Eric on Saturday, October 13, at 10 a.m. at Darling & Fischer – Chapel of the Hills in Los Gatos, Ca.
You may sign his guestbook online. A register book will also be available at the at the Celebration of Life gathering.
In lieu of flowers, a college fund has been set up for Eric's son Jeff at Bank of America, Account # 325116651248 (Yanfang Cao) or via Zelle 4083980824.